Sam West died today back in 1985 at the age of 81.
Who was Sam West? He’s a baseball player that few speak about today.
He was good enough to play in the first ever All-Star game. (He came into the game replacing Babe Ruth!)
Here’s some more on him:
West had a 16-year major league career as an outfielder, and was named to the All Star team four times. Virtually all his career was spent with the Washington Senators and the St. Louis Browns, with his last season spent with the 1942 Chicago White Sox. West enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces on October 31, 1942, effectively ending his playing career.
He never once played on a pennant winner. Although he played 10 seasons for the Senators, from 1927-32 and 1938-41, they had traded him after the 1932 season to the Browns in a trade that brought Goose Goslin to Washington, so he missed the 1933 Washington Senators team that went to the 1933 World Series.
West’s lifetime batting average was .299, and he had a .371 on-base percentage. In 1931, when he hit .333, he was 9th in the MVP voting.
It’s really a shame that players like West get swallowed up by baseball history and almost become forgotten by the general baseball fan public.